All the paper wedding flower inspiration you will ever need!

Updated Oct 12 2015
Vintage Sheet Music Paper Flower Bouquet with Feathers (Photo by Nick Evans Photo)
Vintage Sheet Music Paper Flower Bouquet with Feathers (Photo by Nick Evans Photo)

Paper wedding flowers are rad — there is no doubt — and there are so many kinds and so many ways to incorporate them into your wedding. From bouquets, to centerpieces, to boutonnieres, to backdrops, let's see what Offbeat Bride readers have done with their paper wedding flowers…

Paper Porn
Bouquet of handmade paper flowers, invitations, and paper fortune tellers.
Paper flowers in mismatched vases from Goodwill. Susan Helgeson Photography
Honorguard bouquets combing paper flowers made out of book pages with silk flowers from the craft store. Photo by Steller Photography
Paper Flowers
Paper flowers and purple and white tulle decorating the focal point of the ceremony.
The books I made for my maids to carry and the crepe paper roses I made for the chapel
Crepe paper roses made for the chapel. Photo by Lorraine DarConte
kisses by the lake (photo by nicola pravato)
Photo by Nicola Pravato
Snazzy paper flowers made out of sheet music, used as table settings, bouquets, and boutonnieres. Photo by Jessica Watson Photography
The bouquets
Bridesmaid's bouquet is made from Spider-Man comics. Bride's bouquet is made from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Maid of Honour's bouquet is made from an Ordnance Survey map of the Isle of Arran. Photo by Julie Tinton Photography
Classic ring photo
Photo by Jina Armstrong Photography
Handmade Pommander balls from paper flowers.
Rainbow Centerpiece
Handmade tissue paper flowers in vases from the dollar store Jennifer Morgan Photography.
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DIY paper flower centerpieces. Monkey Tree Photography
These are handmade paper flowers, collected and washed vintage soda bottles, and hot glued flowers on spirally stems.
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Photographer: Arnea Williams
Bouquet made out of 100-year-old sheet music, feathers, lace, tulle, floral wire, and floral tape. Photographer: Brandon Jennings.
Pink Bridal Bouquet Made From Coffee Filters
Pink Bridal Bouquet Made From Coffee Filters

Want even more? We've got 14 PAGES of paper flower posts in our archives!

  1. Wow! 100-year-old sheet music. I'm a musician and I can't think of much more precious than that to put in a bridal bouquet.

  2. All my flowers for my wedding are paper! It has saved us a boatload of money and I can keep them forever. Plus making them gave me an excuse to watch a ton of tv.

    • Funny, I was thinking how the lack of smell would be a benefit for some guests — folks with allergies or fragrance sensitivities.

      • Agreed! I actually dislike when flowers are too fragrant at weddings – the smell interferes with the smell of the food.

        Also, there's always air fresheners if someone really wants that floral smell without spending the money on fresh flowers 😉

    • I made some paper flowers just to put in a vase in my dining room but before I made them I stained the paper by soaking it in coffee. Now I feel like I have the best of both worlds, beautiful flowers that won't wilt but they still smell fantastic, just like coffee and paper instead of flowers.

  3. Just wanted to mention if you are doing kusudama for the boutonnières, be sure to have some spares made and handy. My dad's fell apart after too many hugs and I had made a spare for my husband's (comic book pages) but not my dad's (sheet music). I probably didn't glue them right or something!

  4. There are some fabulous origami-ists (whatever you call them) on Etsy. I found one who allowed me to borrow some of her origami wedding bouquets for a photo-shoot with a makeup artist. They were a lot of fun… and last forever if you don't crush them.

  5. I'm making coffee filter roses for my flowers, and using them for everything! Centrepieces, bouquets, boutonnières, cake decoration… The whole lot probably cost me under 20 squids 🙂 I'm imagining people will want to take some afterwards, and I'll be able to keep some forever too.

  6. For our wedding, his boutonniere and the groomsmen's all contained portions of code he wrote while he was in college. My bouquet and the bridesmaid's were all sheet music and colored paper. I also made a bunch of roses for the tables, but Bookworm Eats Flower made the bouquets and boutonnieres. They were freaking fantastic.

  7. I'm actually way more excited about making paper flowers than I am about paying for real flowers. Has anyone had success making flowers out of newsprint? Future husband and I are both journalists and met working in a newsroom, so that would be cool and all, but I wonder if something more hardy wouldn't work better. I have just started looking into options, and this post is AWESOME.

  8. Does anyone here know where I can get custom flowers made? I need a really specific set of colors and a very artsy design. Thanks!

  9. I made my bouquet out of sheet music, vintage French books on marriage, poetry, and literature. Some of the books and music I used were given to me by my MIL; they were piano books my husband used as a child, as well as her high school books. I also decorated it with crystal beads and peacock feathers, as well as a battery-powered light strand wrapped in tulle up inside it. I've had a huge demand for the flowers since posting pics, and my friends think I should sell the bouquets. I've been experimenting with scrapbook paper and tissue paper, as well.

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